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Saturday, June 30, 2012

June 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Bell Replacement 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos are from the mid 1980’s and show the bell at Tillman Hall being replaced. The above picture is a wide view of the bell when it was removed from Tillman Hall, leaving an open area that was clearly visible in the picture. 


Here is a closer view of Tillman Hall when the bell was removed. The original bell hung in Tillman Hall for 80 years. 


This picture is from the bell tower and shows the view behind the clock at Tillman Hall, something many Clemson graduates have never seen. 


Below is a close up of the bell. It is actually a combination of 47 French-made bells which weigh a total of 21 tons. 


The bells were manufactured by Paccard Fondue de Cloches, Annecy-le-Vieux, France. Annecy-le-Vieux is on the eastern side of France a few hundred miles south of Geneva and very near the Swiss border. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Kluttz Steak House In Clemson 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today photos are from a long ago restaurant in downtown Clemson called the Kluttz Steak House. The above picture was taken in the 1950’s and shows the inside of the steak house with a big crowd. 


Below is a photo of the owners, known by the cadets as "Mom" & "Pop" Kluttz, inside the restaurant. Mrs. Kluttz also worked in the restaurant in the YMCA on campus. 


The Kluttz Steak House was “the best in steaks and short orders” according to advertisements distributed in the 1950’s. 


The restaurant left downtown Clemson some time around 1956. I believe the Kluttz family moved the restaurant into downtown Easley until the mid 1960’s. 


Below is a picture of downtown Clemson where the Kluttz Steak House was located during the 1950’s. 


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Club Hotel 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photo is of the Clemson Club Hotel, which occupied the hill where the Clemson House now sits. 


The above photo was taken from Bowman Field and shows Cadets marching along what is now Highway 93. The photo was taken in the 1940’s, I believe right after the start of WWII. 


Before Clemson University became coeducational in 1955, Clemson College was an all-male military school for nearly 62 years. During the time that Clemson was an all-male college, the college hosted formal dances. Women from nearby colleges and towns would serve as "chaperones" to the men at cadet dances. 


Before Clemson House was built in 1950, The Clemson Club Hotel stood in its place. For overnight stays there were no hotel facilities, and many women would stay in the Clemson Club Hotel. 


The Clemson Club Hotel was a large boarding house that provided rooms and apartments for faculty and their families. When there was room, the building made room for some of the women staying in Clemson overnight. 


The next photo is from a slightly different angle and shows the Clemson Club Hotel in a little more detail. 


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Credit to clemsonwiki.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian First Friday Parade In 1985 


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Today’s photo is from September 20th, 1985 and shows the First Friday Parade with Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian riding along as the Grand Marshalls.  


The First Friday Parade in 1985 would be before the 2nd game of the season, as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on a David Treadwell last second field goal to open the season. 


Clemson was hosting Georgia the day after this picture was taken and the game was televised by CBS Sports. Clemson would fall 20-13 to the Bulldogs en route to a 6-6 season in 1985. 


Other notable events from 1985 in Clemson: The Esso Club discontinues pumping gas, bringing an end to one era at Clemson but beginning a new one as The Esso Club is now one of the most recognizable traditions at Clemson. 


In March of 1985, Dean Walter Cox appoints Bobby Robinson the new athletic director at Clemson, replacing Bill McLellan, who effectively resigned on March 1. 


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Road To ACC Repeat Is Paved For Clemson

By Scott Rhymer

Summer is now in full swing and the initial anticipation of the college football season is just now beginning to peek over the horizon.
Having grown weary of the expansion rumor mill, I thought it appropriate to start looking toward 2012 and ask the most obvious question in Tiger Nation:  Can Clemson repeat as ACC Champion?
To repeat as champion, you have to win the division and get to the Championship Game.  Winning the division, in most cases, is more difficult than winning the Championship Game.
Most of the initial analysis of the upcoming football season from the media will focus on the number of starters each team lost from their 2011 roster, key position battles, and star players that will help teams in the ACC in their push for the ACC Title.
What often gets overlooked in projecting preseason favorites for the ACC Title is scheduling.  Who teams play, where they play them, and when they play them is often as important in predicting success or failure for an upcoming football season as that of returning players, preseason all-conference nominees, or coaching changes.
For many years, I have believed that the rotation of getting Georgia Tech, NC State, and Maryland at home is more beneficial to Clemson than the years when Clemson plays those schools on the road.  While it is true that in the even numbered years Clemson has to travel to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles, that one game on the road does not weigh a schedule negatively compared to the benefit of getting those above mentioned teams at home. 
Dabo Swinney has been the Clemson coach for 3 full seasons (I do not include the 2008 season when Swinney took over mid-season in the data). 
During Swinney’s tenure at Clemson, the Tigers are 7-2 (.777) overall against the teams Clemson will play on the road this year (FSU, BC, Wake, and Duke).
During that same three year span, Clemson is only 7-5 (.583) against the teams the Tigers will host in Death Valley this year.
Maybe even more importantly than the overall record vs. those teams is to look inside the numbers with Clemson’s record against those teams on the road vs. home. 
Clemson is 3-0 at home in Swinney’s first three seasons against ACC Teams that will come to Death Valley this year (GT, VT, Maryland, and NCSU).  By contrast, the Tigers are only 3-4 against those same teams on the road.  Obviously, the numbers spell out how Clemson has played well against those teams in Death Valley but have struggled to beat those teams on the road.  Let’s not forget that number on the road was almost 2-5 had Clemson not miraculously pulled of the win in College Park last season against a pitiful Maryland team.
Clemson is 1-2 on the road against teams that the Tigers will play on the road this year (FSU, BC, Wake, and Duke).  The one win was a comfortable win against Wake Forest and the two losses (last second field goal in Tallahassee and a bizarre game in Chestnut Hill against BC).  The trip to Wake Forest this year will have an added level of difficulty because it is a Thursday night, and that is certainly something to factor in when analyzing the schedule.  But the bottom line is that Clemson will more than likely be favored in all road games except Florida State during the 2012 school year.
Simply by the numbers, it seems to me Clemson is better suited to host GT, Maryland and NC State even with the fact that the Tigers have to travel to Tallahassee.  Not to mention that Virginia Tech comes to Clemson.  Regardless of the Tigers’ success in Blacksburg last year, nobody in their right mind would rather play the Hokies on the road as opposed to home.
So what about FSU and NC State, the only two teams that I believe are legitimate contenders for the Atlantic Division in 2012?
The Wolfpack have a tough draw in 2012, picking up Virginia and Miami from the Coastal Division in addition to their annual game with North Carolina.  The Wolfpack have to play Miami, North Carolina, and Clemson on the road. 
The Wolfpack are 6-3 the past three years against ACC teams that they will go on the road against this season, and 4-6 against those teams they host. On the surface, those numbers would favor the Wolfpack by placing teams they have struggled with as a home game.  But the Wolfpack could potentially be underdogs in 3 of your 4 road games they play in, a recipe that spells multiple losses.
The Florida State Seminoles pick up Duke and Virginia Tech from the Coastal Division to go with their annual game against Miami.  FSU has an easy home schedule (Wake, Clemson, BC, Duke) with the only serious challenger to knock off the Seminoles in Tally being Clemson.  The Seminoles have struggled against those four teams on the road (3-4) the past three years, but are a perfect 3-0 when hosting those teams in Tally. 
Like the Wolfpack, the road for the Seminoles will be a challenge in 2012.  FSU goes to NCSU, Miami, VT, and Maryland.  If you give the Seminoles the win in College Park, they would still be fortunate to escape the other three road games without two losses.  The Seminoles are 7-3 overall against those four teams the past three years, including 2-1 on the road.  But none of those games included a trip to Blacksburg, a place the Hokies rarely lose.
So while NC State and FSU have the bulk of their difficult conference games on the road, it is the exact opposite for Clemson.  With the exception of FSU, Clemson’s road schedule features three games that the Tigers should be favored in.  The Tigers also get the teams that have given Clemson so much grief over the past three years (GT, Maryland, NCSU) at home in addition to arguably one of the most talented teams in the conference (Virginia Tech).
While none of this guarantees anything for Clemson, FSU, or NC State; in looking big picture at all three schedules I believe Clemson has the best layout of the three.
While Clemson’s 2011 schedule was ominous and filled with potential pot holes that the Tigers were able to overcome, the 2012 ACC Schedule for Clemson seems to be a paved road ready for the taking.
And paved roads are generally easier to navigate than dirt roads.
Scott Rhymer can be reached at scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

June 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1973 Banners And Bennie Cunningham 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos are from the week of October 27th, 1973 as Clemson prepared to take on NC State in Death Valley. 


The above photo shows some nifty banner making and hanging skills by hung on one of the high rise dorms on campus. As you can see, the banner took up three floors and I am not sure how the students were able to get it hung there based on the picture! 


The lead up to the game was to be in vain as the Tigers fell 29-6 to the Wolfpack. The Tigers would finish the season 5-6 behind Peanut Sanders and Smiley Sanders. 


The star of the 1973 season was a young man that would go on to have a fabulous career in the NFL. Bennie Cunningham led the Tigers in 1973 and would go on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their dominant run in the 1970’s. 

Bennie stopped by the Tiger Pregame Show in November of 2011 for a segment prior to the South Carolina game that evening. Bennie lives in Seneca to this day and attends a couple of Clemson games each year. Below is a picture of Bennie on the show with me in 2011. 


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Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Orange Shoes Vs. NC State In 1967 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photo is from a big day in Clemson football history. Most Clemson fans know about the history and lore of the orange pants, which started in 1980. But the first mystical change in football attire came 13 years earlier when Clemson put on orange shoes vs. NC State. Here’s the story, as best as I can remember it. 


In the 1960’s, every team wore black shoes when playing football. NC State's Bill Morrow found out that a member of the Kansas City Chiefs was wearing white shoes so he figured he would too. Morrow had a huge year in 1966 wearing the white shoes, including an intercepted pass for a touchdown that marked the first TD in the new Carter Finley Stadium. 


So, in 1967, one NC State player wanted to follow Morrow’s lead and make a fashion statement by wearing white shoes. Linebacker Chuck Amato (yes, that Chuck Amato) wore white shoes during the 1967 season and began spreading the look to the rest of the Wolfpack defense. 


The magic of the white shoes worked for the Wolfpack as they started the 1967 season 8-0 and it appeared NC State was going to the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. There was only two teams standing in the way of NC State, one was Penn State and the other was Clemson. The Wolfpack had to at least win one of the last two to go the Sugar Bowl. Penn State did their part by handing NC State a loss. 


On November 18, 1967 the 10th rank Wolfpack came to Death Valley to play the 4-4 Clemson Tigers with the Sugar Bowl on the line for NC State. Clemson, motivated to knock the Wolfpack out of the Sugar Bowl, painted their shoes orange prior to the game with the Wolfpack. Students were encouraged to come onto the field to create a tunnel for the Tigers to come down the hill, causing electricity to run through the fired up crowd as they saw the Tigers in the orange shoes. 


It was a very windy day in Death Valley and the Wolfpack used that wind to kick two long field goals early to take a 6-0 lead. But Clemson, led by Buddy Gore, stormed back for two touchdowns to defeat Amato and the Wolfpack 14-6 and knock them out of the Sugar Bowl. 


In fact, Gore caught the only pass of his career at Clemson late in the game to gain a first down and seal the win. Gore is #44 in the picture. 


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Laundry Building 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos are of the old Laundry Building at Clemson. It was typical for the freshmen rats to haul laundry for the upper classmen, as seen in the picture above. 


Here is an outside view of the Laundry Building. 

The below picture shows the Cadets dropping off their bags of laundry on the outside of the building through an opening in the door. 


Here is a picture of the inside of the laundry with the ladies sorting and tagging the bags so that they could be returned to the proper owner.  As you can see, the laundry would literally pile up on laundry day at Clemson! 


The final picture shows the end of the process, with the workers folding the clothes in preparation for returning them to the Cadets. 




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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23 Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Early Look Of TD’s 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos are of a location that has served Clemson since the beginning. Most of you know the location and the look of TD’s, which sits at the top of College Avenue and faces Bowman Field and Tillman Hall. 


If you have followed this blog, you have also seen pictures of that same location in the ‘60s and ‘70’s when it was called Dan’s Sandwich Shop. 


But today we will go back even further to dig into what this location was in the 1920’s through the 1940’s. 


The above picture was taken from a postcard of Clemson in the 1920’s. It shows the rounded end of what is now TD’s and the side of the same building (which is now Subway). The building across College Avenue is a gas station in the 1920’s as you can see in the picture. 


The shrubbery on the edge of Bowman Field in the picture is something that I have not seen in many of the pictures from the early era of Clemson, so my guess is that they will be pulled up not too long after this picture was taken. 


Also notice the phrase at the bottom of the post card:  "Clemson College:  A Part Of The Business Section". As if there was much more to the Clemson business section than this picture shows!


The next picture is from the inside of the location in the 1940’s, when the business was called the College CafĂ© and Sandwich Shop. Notice the neon sign in the window, stating the name of the sandwich shop. I also love the socks and shoes on the waitress, exactly what I would envision when thinking of the 1940’s. You can also see the juke box in the left corner of the picture. 


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Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Barrack Life In 1950’s 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos span the 1950’s and show what life was like for a Clemson Cadet in the 1950’s at Clemson. 


The above photo shows a cadet standing outside the old post office (now Mell Hall) reading a “sugar report”, which was a letter from a girl. The building in the background of the picture would one day be Dan’s Sandwich Shop and is now TD’s. 


The next photo is from inside the old barracks and it shows the Cadets passing the time during the evening. 



The photo below shows another view inside the old barracks, only this time the Cadets that occupied this room have added a little flair to their room (notice the window curtains!). 


The next photo shows the cadets inside the old barracks sitting around a table with one cadet playing the harmonica. 


And the final photo shows another cadet room with the Cadets thumbing through some newspapers and magazines. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Pool Him” Hazing At Clemson 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos span the 1950’s through the early 1980’s and show a traditional hazing ritual that many a Clemson Cadet and Clemson Student have “suffered” during their time on campus. 


The time honored tradition of “Pool Him” was a part of the Clemson lore for many years. If you attended Clemson in that era, you either were “pooled” or you watched someone get “pooled”. The above picture is with Clemson Cadets “pooling” a fellow cadet in the old reflection pond on campus. 


The next picture shows cadets “pooling” a fellow student in the old reflection pond at night. 


You were not safe at the Clemson House either, as evident by this student in the 1980’s being “pooled” in the fountain in the front of Clemson House. 


If you are old enough, you remember that the YMCA building next to Tillman Hall used to have a pool in it. When it did, Cadets would dunk fellow Cadets in that pool as well. 


Once the Cooper Library Reflection Pond was built, it became the next location to “Pool Him”, although this method does not look as organized as some of the Cadets in the 1950’s. 


Some appreciated the humor of being “pooled”, others not so much. This young man seems none to please to have been the victim. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Clemson Barracks (Now Lot 1) 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos are from 1948 and show two different views of buildings that no longer exist at Clemson University. 


The above picture is an aerial photo of Clemson and you can clearly see the white barracks sitting in a V where Lot 1 is now located. These were temporary barracks, constructed by the military during WWII. They were torn down just prior to the completion of Johnstone Hall in 1954. 


The below photo is a close up view of the temporary barracks and was taken with your back to Death Valley, on the southwest corner of what is now Lot 1. 


Barracks life made for a long day. Reveille was at dawn, and breakfast was as early as 6 a.m. In fact, in Clemson's early years, class was often finished in the morning hours, so that drill could be held in the afternoons. 


Lunch and dinner were served, and curfew was in effect so that the night started early and all cadets were accounted for. There was always an incessant wave of cadets at any given time on detail, and Clemson cadet parades from this period were spectacular in both their professionalism and their school spirit. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Band From 1940’s 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos are of Tiger Band in an era long gone in the history of Clemson College. The above picture was taken sometime in the mid 1940’s and shows the band coming into Memorial Stadium in the Northwest corner. 


You can also see Clemson Cadets marching in with the band onto the field. As you can see, the North lower deck does not extend as far as it does today. Additional sideline seating on the North and South lower decks were added in 1958. 


You can notice that there are no visible trees on the Northwest bank. By the time the West Endzone was built several years ago, two massive trees were growing on that same Northwest bank. 


Also notice that the West Endzone has not been built yet (it was completed in 1960). You can also see the prefabs where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits. 


The next picture is from around the same era and was taken in Anderson, SC. I assume that Tiger Band was invited to a parade, something that was very common during this era. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Olin Hall Through The Years 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photos revolve around the history of Olin Hall. The above picture was taken in the late 1950s, just a few years after it was completed in 1953. You can see the prefabs to the right in the distance in the above picture. 


Olin Hall was named for F.W. Olin by the John M. Olin Foundation, which made a $2 million gift to Clemson to construct the building. So the building that many students took classes in is named for someone who did not even attend Clemson. 


 Here is some info on Franklin Olin from the ASEE Prism Magazine Online: 


Who is F.W. Olin? There's a good chance that you've seen his legacy. His name is splashed across dozens of engineering buildings on campuses around the nation, a high-profile foundation, and soon an innovative new engineering college. But who is the man behind the legend? 


Francis W. Olin's life was an example of hard work and ingenuity paying off. Born in Vermont in 1860, he received little formal education during his early years, instead studying on his own. He was determined to study engineering and his persistence finally earned him entrance into Cornell University. 


While at Cornell, Olin paid the bills by teaching school, repairing farm machinery, and playing major league baseball for teams in Washington, D.C., and Detroit during the summers.   An outfielder, Olin played 49 games over two seasons and could hold his own at the plate, batting .316 with one home run. After graduating, Olin went to work designing textile-mill machinery. 


His big break came when he took over a powder mill construction contract. This was Olin's introduction to the munitions business, where he managed to reduce the number of explosions occurring in plants. 


Later, he founded the Equitable Powder Manufacturing Company in 1892, and the Western Cartridge Company in 1902. He also established the F.W. Olin Foundation in 1938, which has financed the construction of 72 engineering buildings. Up to his death in 1951, Olin had donated $21 million to the foundation. 


He lived modestly, dedicating much of his wealth and talents to the service of others. Through the many schools which have received Olin Foundation grants, his devotion to engineering and science continues to live on. 


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

June 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Nelson Welch Kicks Off For Tigers 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 

Today’s photo is from 1994 and show the Tigers preparing to kick the ball off during a home game. 


The 1994 season was a tough one for the Tigers, who went 5-6 on the season with deflating losses to Georgia, Florida State, and South Carolina. 


During the 1994 season, Clemson was led by safety Brian Dawkins, Andy and Peter Ford at cornerback, Henry Guess, Patrick Sapp, Louis Solomon, Nelson Welch, and Will Young. 


The highlight of the season was a road victory against #19 North Carolina, 28-17, on November 5th. The game started in the cold and then sleet fell during the game in Chapel Hill. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Saturday, June 16, 2012

June 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Head Cheerleader At Clemson 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts and Joe Jackson) 

Today’s photos are of Randy Jackson, Clemson’s head cheerleader in 1972. The above photo shows Randy in action, doing everything he can to pump up this Tiger crowd that was “suffering” from the last few seasons of the Hootie Ingram era at Clemson. 


Randy is the father of someone you may know of on Tigernet, ShoelessCU. If you don’t know ShoelessCU, you have certainly seen some of the videos of Clemson football that he has created and posted via the web and Youtube. 


Joe’s dad was Randy Jackson, and he posted a nice tribute on Tigernet several years ago about his father that included a bunch of great stories about being the head cheerleader at Clemson. Here you can read the thread and see some accompanying pictures. 


http://www.tigernet.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=118836&tstart=0 


The next picture is of Randy Jackson in the old Tiger suit, nicknamed the Rat Pack. It was dubbed the Rat Pack because of how hot it was to wear the suit. 

And here is one final picture of Randy saluting the student section during the Clemson/South Carolina game in 1972 (see chicken Randy has in his hand). I assume this was his last game as the head cheerleader and Tiger. 


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Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com